Sports News Without Access, Favor, Or Discretion

It was 10 years ago tomorrow that PTI premiered, and ESPN has made available some clips from that inaugural show, including Brent Musberger on the BCS and time capsule headlines like "Are the Islanders for real?" That it's still going strong is a testament to the fact that ESPN can often get things so right: hiring (and keeping) smart and likable on-air talent, surrounding them with top-notch production and wrapping it all in a snazzy package. There's a lesson in PTI's success (and that of Around The Horn, which turns nine next month). Sometimes, viewers just want to watch knowledgeable people talking sports. [ESPN Front Row]


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